Fox News is in chaos on many fronts and it looks like it could get much worse!
Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and GretaVan Susteren could leave Fox News are threatening to leave Fox News if Roger Ailes is forced out.
According to the Financial Times, the three have clauses in their contracts that would allow them to depart if Ailes were to leave the network.
In an interview with the Hollywood reporter, O’Reilly hinted that without Ailes. “I have no idea how the network would shake out if he wasn’t here.” He has also recently hinted at retirement beyond the Ailes issue. This could give him an out.
In recent months, Ailes has been slammed with accusations by Gretchen Carlson that he was guilty of of sexual harassment. Since Carlson filed suit in June, 9 other women have come forward and just this week, Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly, has accused Ailes of sexual harassment as well.
“According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail.”
Fox News has also taken a hit in the ratings for the first time in almost 2 decades. CNN ranked #1 in cable news in prime time in April, beating Fox News for the fifth time in the last eight months.
Some point to Fox News’ unrelenting biased support for Donald Trump for the falling numbers. Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Greta Van Susteren, have all been accused of supporting while going after his competitors.
I guess we wait and watch as the years continues, but Fox News could look very different this time next year.